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“A great little find near San Isidro de El General...”

Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

This place is not well-known but worth the trip. It is 20 minutes by car from San Isidro de El General and probably a solid hour from Playa Dominical. (I would guess 3 hours from San Jose, with no traffic on Highway 2.)

Here are directions, since it is not on a map (nor the roads to get there). Google maps will not even show the roads around it. So to get there: Take Highway 2 south of San Isidro, to Juntas. Right after Juntas (and if you check ahead of time on Google maps) there will be a sharp bend in Inter American Highway 2, as it meets 244. At that bend, there will be an unmarked paved road to the left. You know you are on the right road, if you go past a sugarcane plant. This road leads to Peñas Blancas. About 1-1.5 miles past Peñas Blancas, there will be a road to the right that takes you to Quizarrá–Santa Elena (and the sign will also show Los Cusingos and/or the Biological Station). Two kilometers north of Peñas Blancas, follow the signs for Quizarrá, and it will be a somewhat hidden entrance on your right. (Note: you need a 4x4 to get there, because all roads after Peñas Blancas are rocky/rough gravel.)

We took our toddler here, and it paid off - the longest walk is 2 km round trip. He did the walk himself. This particular wooded path takes you to a set of ancient Indian pictographs. You can also tour the gardens and Dr. Alexander Skutch's house. We did not make a reservation, but just showed up on a weekday morning. (It was $10/pp to enter.)

It is a nice activity for a few hours (and for avid birders perhaps more). A quiet, serene place off the beaten path.

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